Tingira Australia Association President, Lance Ker, today announced that former Royal Australian Navy Junior Recruit, Daryl Walton, from Western Australia, is the winner of the 2019 Tingira Stonehaven Medal.
The Stonehaven Medal is awarded to the Tingira member who can show cause in their local community or present naval duties ‘going beyond and above the normal call of duty’. The Stonehaven Shield and medal are donated and supported by the Cumberland RSL sub-Branch in Sydney for which the Tingira Australia Association is most grateful of their continued support.
The Stonehaven’s origins trek back in history to 1926 when Governor-General of Australia, Lord Stonehaven, presented the ‘Stonehaven Shield’ to the best divisional intake as an annual award to the 15 year old navy boys on board the training ship HMAS Tingira, Rose Bay, Sydney.
“We have several very genuine nominations for this annual Stonehaven Medal that we award. They are all of great quality with glowing achievements that meet the Tingira requirement to be named the Stonehaven medal winner” said Tingira President, Lance Ker.
“Daryl Waltons nomination was presented to the sub committee recently as a three page resume with 20 photographs of him hard at work in charity roles over the past decade. His nomination was a true ‘Stonehaven Shining Star’ a standout choice in the first instance”.
Daryl Waltons charity dedications are a credit to his family and the charities that he continually represents. A true reflection of dedication from the his naval career days when he pulled on his bell bottom uniform in 1981 as a young 15 year old Tingira Boy at HMAS Leeuwin, Fremantle.
“This is just unbelievable, I did not see this coming, excited and proud of my Tingira mates” said a very excited Daryl Walton when informed of his win. Family, friends and Tingira members were part of a large extended family to see Daryl receive his award from the Tingira National Secretary, Mark Lee, at the Tradewinds hotel, Fremantle, recently.
Daryl Walton is the best mate of the late Steve Blasdale, they were both young navy Junior Recruits at HMAS Leeuwin in 1981. Steve passed away last year from cancer, they were both very active Tingira Boys, their navy group have all been very close for many decades.